THE POINT OF DEVELOPMENT: Shrinking Spaces for the Lumad vis-a-vis Energy Projects

 

There is increasing aggressive ‘development’ in Mindanao, including the construction of mega-dams. The government is pushing for the implementation of energy projects, such as the Pulangi V Hydro-Electric Power Plant (HEP) in Bukidnon, which is expected to generate 300 megawatts (MW) of power in Mindanao.

Areas targeted however are part of the ancestral domain of the indigenous peoples (IP) of Mindanao, collectively called Lumad. The 3,300-hectare Pulangi V HEP threatens the existence of Manobo communities including farmer settlers and fisherfolk in the 22 barangays (villages) in seven municipalities of Bukidnon and Cotabato provinces, which the energy project is seen to submerge under water.

The construction of large dams, otherwise called megadams, whether for power or irrigation, as in the cases of Pantabangan, Binga and San Roque dams, has led to physical displacement and economic dislocation of IPs. It has also subjected them to greater forms of structural discrimination.

Authored by Jennifer Haygood-Guste, the book looks at how the construction of mega dams contributes to structural discrimination of the Lumad and the continued violation of their rights.

Coming out on October 2017! Download electronic copy in this link.

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